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Sandanski
All Year: all year
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 2
Category: Accommodation Business
Host ID: 27191
Country: Bulgaria

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Last Updated: August 23, 2019

Learn how to make craft beers and wine as well as helping to preserve fruit and vegetables and general garden work.

We are usually busy making beer and wine especially in the autumn but we now have a new cool wine cellar which means we can produce beer even when it is hot outside!

We are looking for volunteers now and also taking interest for next year from January 2020.

We have set up an Eco campsite and guest house using permaculture principles and also the 3 R's ie reduce, reuse and recycle on site. We encourage our guests to think about the environment, separate their waste, reuse the grey water and use environmentally friendly washing / cleaning products.

We are in the foothills of the Pirin mountain range in the far south west of Bulgaria. Ideally situated if you are planning on arriving or leaving Bulgaria through Greece or Northern Macedonia

We are only 10 K from the Greek border and less than 2 hours to the Greek coast. We also have a mineral water swimming pool at the end of the street as well as the smallest ‘town’ in Bulgaria, Melnik famed for its unusual rock formations and wine making just up the road.

We are looking for help working inside and out; gardening (which is organic and using permaculture principles), repairing the barn that will be the campsite bar and cafe, developing the wine cellar, building walls and paths and whatever else needs doing.

When we are busy during the season we are also looking for responsible, friendly volunteers to help with the day to day running of the campsite and guest rooms. This will involve welcoming people and checking them in and answering any queries they may have. You will need to speak some English and also another language would be useful (but not essential). Some days we are empty others we may have 5 or 6 groups of people- we never really know as most don't book in advance. Work will also involve keeping the place clean and tidy and generally being available if we are not.
We may also ask volunteers to look after the place and the animals if we need to go away for a few days.

We still have a number of projects ongoing including a large wall that needs further painting with a mural, building furniture, sculpture and more mosaic work.As well as this we will be planting and pruning trees and shrubs, preparing our vegetable garden for the spring and developing the barn area and our new underground wine cellar.

You will work alongside us and our friends and family if any of them are around. We like to eat fresh local produce and would hope that you would contribute to the cooking with your favourite dishes.We usually provide the food for all meals and share the cooking, washing up and cleaning of communal areas. We have a spare double bedroom with inside toilet and showers and we also have tents if you prefer to camp or if the room is being used already.

We would expect you to do approximately 25 hours work a week , hours to suit us all and we go on trips out to local and not so local towns and places of interest that you are welcome to join us on. There is a daily bus that stops at the edge of the village and goes all the way to Sofia, alternatively you can reach Sandanski, Melnik and Petrich, the local towns, by bus or bike and Kromidovo village has two small shops and a couple of bars as well as the mineral baths open June to mid September.

We have a good internet connection and a computer for you to use.We care about our environment and recycle, repair or reuse things whenever we can but we also have some luxuries including mains water, and modern inside toilets and piping hot showers.
Oh and we also have bikes you can borrow to explore the amazing local countryside

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